Bell parroted a now-common criticism of Roethlisberger to Sports Illustrated earlier this week, saying that the QB acts as if he is above the other 52 players on the roster and his conduct was a "factor" in Bell's decision to leave Pittsburgh for greener pastures. One ex-teammate called Roethlisberger out for allegedly fumbling a snap on purpose to send a message to the coaching staff late in a 2014 game.
The GM told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix that the recent chatter regarding Pittsburgh's franchise quarterback and his locker room personality and conduct is just "white noise."
"We feel comfortable knowing Ben is our quarterback and our leader," Colbert told Kinkhabwala.
Colbert's comments come amidst reported contract negotiations between the two sides. Roethlisberger is entering the final year of a four-year extension signed in 2015 and is owed $12 million in base salary and over $11 million in bonuses.
"This is probably his last contract as an NFL player," Colbert explained, "so it's significant" to both parties.